Tech Industry Leaders, Media and “Techfluencers” Talk Trends and Get Hands on with the Hottest New Tech Products

CE Week 2015 concluded today after three jam-packed days of interactive exhibits, engaging conference sessions and live press events. From connected cars to high-res audio, robots to 3D printing, smart home solutions to smart money, digital health to wearable tech, the show covered technology for every aspect of your life for everyone in the family, including infants, seniors and even pets. The largest consumer electronics (CE) event in New York City, CE Week brought together government officials to celebrate the city’s young student innovators, local designer Chris March of Project Runway to prove wearable tech can be chic, and rising “techfluencers” from the getgeeked community who competed to be the next star YouTube product reviewer. Over the course of the three days, there were hundreds of products on display and more than 130 tech industry leaders who participated in more than 30 conference sessions, attracting thousands of media and CE industry professionals from across the nation.

“CE Week was a tremendous success across the board – featuring compelling product launches, dynamic discussions and quality networking,” said Martin Porter, executive producer, CE Week. “This week illustrated the energy and excitement that the tech industry brings to New York City, to consumers worldwide and to the global economy.”

The week kicked off with a major announcement from Buick at the C3 Connected Car Conference: Buick will be offering Apple CarPlay capability in all 2016 Regal and LaCrosse models. Attendees had the opportunity to experience Apple CarPlay in a Buick LaCrosse, along with in-car demos from Pioneer and QNX/Maserati. The Connected Car Conference, focused on game-changing behind-the-wheel innovations and featured executives from AAA, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover and Pandora.

Advanced audio/video products took center stage at Your Next TV and Your Next Audio Conferences featuring executives from major audio/video companies including Sony, LG, Samsung and Dolby, discussing the technologies that are enhancing the TV and audio experience for consumers. Evening fun included an opening party at B&H Photos iconic store where food, drink and technology flowed.

The CE Week Conference Program covered hot topics across the industry including 3D printing, health and fitness tech, robotics, augmented reality, smart home, high-resolution audio, digital money and wearables. Moderators and panelists included tech thought leaders from: ABC News, Digital Trends, NPD, Mashable, Engadget, Yahoo Tech, USA Today, Gear Diary, Laptop Magazine/Tom’s Guide, Fierce Retail, PCMag, ChipChick, CoinAgenda and more.

Several companies hosted press conferences throughout CE Week making major product announcements including Monster, Pioneer and Adlens. Sengled, Vivitek, Pioneer, HearNotes, clip&talk, Oomi, The Padcaster, Formlabs, NeoLab Convergence and Monster took to the CE Week Demo Stage for exciting demos and presentations.

CE Week partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to honor ten enterprising New York City students from across the five boroughs at the inaugural ‘10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch’ awards competition. Their winning projects included everything from robots to apps, from security devices to microtubes, and covered areas as diverse as home automation, health, special needs and social networking.

The hottest technologies merged with the latest fashion in the FashionWare Runway Show on Wednesday evening. The show, hosted by Project Runway’s Chris March, featured the latest in wearable tech including smart fabrics, embedded sensors, smart jewelry and more.

Several product awards were given out during CE Week including the Best of Show, presented by Dealerscope. The Innovation Zone Technovation Award was presented to Seek Thermal for its Smartphone Thermal Imaging Camera, with finalists including BodiMetrics for its Performance Monitor, and Roost, which showcased its Roost 9V Smart Battery for Smoke Alarms.

Five “techfluencers” from the getgeeked community were selected to conduct product reviews in front of a live audience and a panel of judges in the America’s Got Geek competition. Finalists went head-to-head, reviewing products from Monster, Sony, The Padcaster, WowWee and Ozobot. Ultimately, Francil Richards took home the title of The Next Great YouTube Product Reviewer, wowing the judges with his review of The Padcaster.

Other events and exhibits featured at CE Week 2015 included:

  • B&H Opening Night Party
  • CE Week Media Breakfast, Powered by ShowStoppers
  • Innovation Zone
  • High Dynamic Range Workshop with Joe Kane and Bob Kisor
  • High-Resolutions Audio Demos by Mark Waldrep
  • iLounge NYC
  • Value Electronics Flat-Panel TV Shootout
  • Women in CE Forum

All CE Week product demos, panel sessions, press conferences and special events will be featured on CE Week TV and available for tech enthusiasts around the world. For .mp4 video files from conferences and events and hi-res images, please contact, Jayme Schwartz, jayme@social4media.com.

CE Week 2016 is scheduled June 20-24, 2016 in New York City. For more information visit CEWeekNY.com. Follow CE Week 2015 on Facebook and Twitter and use the official CE Week hashtag, #CEWeek.

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What’s Changed in CE Over the Last Six Months?

CE Week kicks off tomorrow, providing media and NYC tech influencers with a record number of new products and an expanded, three-day conference program. Over 175 participating companies, from some of the top brands to unknown start-ups, will be showing what’s new, while a program of over 35 conference sessions, keynotes and workshops will put what’s new into mid-year 4Q context. CE Week Conferences are scheduled June 23-25, with CE Week Exhibits scheduled June 24-25 at the Metropolitan Pavilion/Altman Building.

Global brands including Buick, Dolby, Epson, HP, House of Marley, Hyundai, iHome, LG Electronics, Onkyo, Pandora, Pioneer, Samsung, Seiki, Sony, TiVO, and Westinghouse are backing this year’s show. New products on display at CE Week include:

Apira Science – The iGrow Hair Growth System is a wearable in-home use device that utilizes Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) to treat genetic hair loss. iGrow has been FDA cleared and is clinically proven to promote hair growth in both men and women.

Auro Technologies – The Auro-3D® Crux™ is the first true 3D sound home cinema processor to deliver high-end audio features at a price point for a wide range of home cinemas and media rooms.

Epson – The Epson® Pro Cinema LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector combines 3LCD Reflective technology and a laser light source to deliver an unprecedented contrast ratio and one of the largest color gamuts for an immersive experience.

First Alert – The Onelink Watch tracks health/fitness goals, automatically detects activity, continuously monitors heart rate with no chest strap, records workout sessions, automatically measures sleep and sends safety alerts with GPS location.

FlygripFlygrip attaches to any phone or tablet (or case), and allows you to easily and comfortably “one hand” your device. Your thumb will now be able to reach all of your screen without fear of dropping it.

JLab Audio – The Epic Bluetooth Earbuds have 60 percent more battery capacity than competitive products. C3™ (Crystal Clear Clarity) technology and are equipped with JLab’s Memory Wire™ over-ear hooks.

MonodevicesMonBaby is an award-winning baby monitor that snaps onto any article of a child’s clothing, just like a button and sends alerts on breathing movements, body position (on the back or on the stomach), fall detection and proximity removal.

Monster – The SuperStar BackFloat is a rugged, wireless Bluetooth floating speaker/speakerphone that has broken the water barrier. With a rugged silicone cover that protects the electronics, it can be used virtually anywhere without fear of damage.

NEA 3DNEA 3D printers pack huge print volumes at affordable prices for beginner users to professional builders with its elegant circular design, space efficiency, and future proof modularity.

NeoLab Convergence – The Neo smartpen N2 was designed to seamlessly integrate our real and digital worlds by transforming what we write on paper—everything from sketches and designs to business meeting notes—to our iOS and Android devices.

olloclip – The all-new olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens has been completely redesigned for the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus with 4 advanced-optic lenses (fisheye, wide-angle, and two macro lenses on each end — a 10x and 15x magnification) in one small package weighing less than an ounce.

PhoneSuit – The PhoneSuit Elite 6 Battery Case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus provides users with extended power they need while also enhancing ergonomics and durability.

Pioneer – The AVIC-8100NEX, in-dash navigation receiver features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming, AppRadio® Mode, SiriusXM® ready, iDatalink® Maestro™ support, Pandora® and enhanced audio/video capabilities.

singlecuesinglecue is a standalone device that connects and controls our media and smart home devices using simple touch-free gestures. It serves as a central control system allowing us to interact with our devices using a single, simple interface.

Westinghouse Electronics – Designed to draw you into the activity on the screen by bringing the action to you, the Westinghouse 34” 3K Curved Monitor contains a cinematic aspect ratio of 21:9 allowing you more room to work or play.

ZEISS – The ZEISS VR ONE is an open-platform wireless virtual reality/augmented reality (VR, AR) headset that gives the wearer access to immersive 3D videos and games and utilizes ZEISS precision optic design.

ZettalyAvy is the first smart speaker offering a pure Google Android experience. With Avy, you can stream music directly over Wi-Fi using Spotify or apps alike, beam a song through Bluetooth, or play back your tunes locally.

Ztylus –The Ztylus Metal Camera Kit was created to enhance the width, depth and overall quality of your smartphone’s photos. This cutting-edge design seamlessly incorporates the Ztylus smartphone case and the Revolver Lens Attachment.

Several companies will be announcing and debuting brand new products at the show including AfterShokz, Buick, clip&talk, Simple Living Technologies and Sleepace.

Media will have a sneak preview of the entire CE Week show floor at the official CE Week Media Breakfast, powered by ShowStoppers. The media-only breakfast is scheduled from 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, June 24 before the show officially opens.

Putting all these new products into context, the three-day CE Week Conference Program will explore the latest trends in wearable technologies, digital health, 3D printing, augmented reality and beyond.

CE Week Conferences will begin on Tuesday, June 23 with deeper-dive sessions. The Connected Car Conference will focus on game-changing behind-the-wheel innovations (and will feature in-car demos by Buick, Pioneer and QNX/Maserati). Your Next TV and Your Next Audio Conferences will show the technologies that are enhancing the TV and audio experience for consumers. This program will include a High Dynamic Range Workshop with Joe Kane  as well as breathtaking High-Resolution Audio Demos with Mark Waldrep.

Exhibitors, including Monster, Pioneer and Adlens, will make major product announcements during CE Week with press conferences and Sengled, Vivitek, Pioneer, HearNotes, clip&talk, Oomi, The Padcaster, Formlabs, NeoLab Convergence, Westinghouse and Monster will take to the CE Week Demo Stage for exciting demos and presentations.

Special events taking place during CE Week 2015 include the B&H Opening Night Cocktail Party, 10 Under 20 Awards Ceremony, the FashionWare Runway Show, Value Electronics Flat Panel TV Shootout, Musical Performance sponsored by ROLI, and America’s Got Geek.

All of this information and more can be viewed on the CE Week Mobile Application.

For regular updates on new products, exhibitors and conference sessions, or to register for CE Week 2015, visit www.ceweekny.com. Online registration is closing TODAY at 5:00 p.m. EST. Press are encouraged to pre-register, but registration will be open on-site Tuesday – Thursday. Follow CE Week 2015 on Facebook and Twitter, and use the official CE Week hashtag, #CEWeek.

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TEN ENTERPRISING NEW YORK CITY STUDENTS TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL “10 UNDER 20: YOUNG INNOVATORS TO WATCH” AWARDS AT CE WEEK

CE Week, New York City’s largest consumer electronics (CE) and technology event, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announces today the winners of the inaugural “10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch” award competition. Representing high schools and colleges from across the five boroughs, these 10 students under 20 years old are at the forefront of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) innovation.  Their winning projects include everything from robots to apps, from security devices to microtubes, and cover areas as diverse as home automation, health, special needs and social networking. The 10 Under 20 award recipients will be honored for their outstanding achievements at a special awards presentation at CE Week on June 24, 2015.

Robin Raskin, who created the program with the NYCEDC says, “Programs like these are important because they cement the public/private experience, give students a chance to meet real product developers and engineers, and reinforce that our schools are mentoring the next generation of digital thinkers.”

The 10 Under 20 competition celebrates New York City’s commitment to STEAM and STEM education, honoring individuals who are developing products that exemplify an application of those fields and also demonstrate exceptional creativity, user design, scalability and civic mindedness. It also recognizes the city’s investment in high tech and the future of digital cities.

“Cultivating an environment that encourages young innovators is vital to the creation of a diverse and equitable urban economy and tech ecosystem,” said NYCEDC Executive Vice President Eric Gertler. “This group of talented young entrepreneurs is a reflection of New York City’s immense pool of creative talent and a snapshot of the future in New York City.”

The 2015 10 Under 20 Award Recipients:

  • Burhan Azeem, 18, Staten Island Technical High School, Staten Island, “A New Process for the Fabrication of Carbon Microtubes.” A new carbon microtube that has a multitude of possible applications from energy transportation to biomedical devices. This new production method allows for fabrication tubes in many different shapes and sizes that can be easily adapted for a variety of uses.
  • Shemar Dacosta, 14, Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, Bronx, “Voices.” An app for students to post anonymously problems in their school community so that they can be heard by their peers and schools.
  • Mamadou Diallo, 16, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, Manhattan and fellow students from New York City area high schools,  “The Young Hackers.” A student-led organization aimed at supporting the next generation of computer programmers among high school students in New York City.
  • Daniil Frants, 16, Dwight School, Manhattan, “The Live Time Closed Captioning System.” A wearable on-head display that enables anyone with a hearing disability to hear a naturally flowing conversation.
  • Raquel Hosein, 18, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, “Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy.” A wireless device that when integrated with mobile devices can help detect when an epileptic seizure may occur. The wireless device has a Bluetooth chip and analog to digital converter, a biosignal receptor and a power source; it can send real-time pre-seizure wave data to smart technology.
  • Alyssa Kapasi, 14, The Brearley School, Manhattan, “The Brearley-Chapin DoubleX 2015 Robot.” A robot that can lift any object of almost any shape that is smaller than 22 inches and weighs less than 60 pounds four and a half feet above the ground as well as stacking or moving everyday objects.
  • Dylan Kirdahy, 17, Staten Island Technical High School, Staten Island, “Crypta.” This fingerprint-protected autofill device is designed to keep people’s online wallet accounts safe. It creates unique, secure and randomized passwords instantly with the touch of a finger. There will be no more weak passwords and no more memorization.
  • Sara Sakowitz, 19, Columbia University, Manhattan, “Blue Moon Box: The Monthly Science Kit Subscription Service for Kids.” Each month, the kids receive a box filled with science experiments and create projects that engage them creatively and excite them with the magic of science.
  • Jake Varghese, 16, Bayside High School, Queens, “Vocap.” It is a mobile application that helps anyone build a vocabulary in a foreign language while watching a video. Users can choose any language they want to learn from a selection of videos with the four main features including a video playlist, randomized highlight vocabulary, a word bank and a summary page.
  • Rebecca West, 17, Townsend Harris, Queens, “Pedestrian Penguin.” A card game to save lives related to transportation accidents, which includes action and scenario cards. The scenario cards show illustrations of potentially dangerous transportation issues and the action cards includes a variety of solutions from which to choose. The goal is to get the game into every elementary school in New York City.

Winners were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges, which included educators, city officials, and technology experts:

  • Warren Buckleitner, CEO, Children’s Technology Review
  • Majora Carter, CEO, StartUp Box
  • Brian Cohen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, New York Angels
  • Rashid Ferrod Davis, Founder and Principal, P-TECH
  • Diane Levitt, Senior Director, K-12 education, Cornell Tech
  • Frank Migliorelli, Director of Digital Experience, New York Public Library
  • Kristen Titus, Founding Director, NYC Tech Talent Pipeline

Youth ages 13 through 19, currently enrolled in high school or a two or four year accredited college or university in the five boroughs of New York City or permanent New York City residents who are either enrolled in high school or a two or four year accredited college or university were eligible to participate in this award competition. Additional eligibility information and judging criteria can be found here.

Award recipients will each be given a special 10 Under 20 plaque, as well as a tech awards package for themselves and their school, valued at $1,000. Major contributions to the student awards were made possible by Meccano (Meccano Multi Model Sets), Monster Products and B&H Photo.

The 10 Under 20 Awards Presentation takes place on Wednesday, June 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City (125 W. 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).

 

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Project Runway’s Chris March to Emcee FashionWare Runway Show at CE Week, June 24

At CE Week, New York City’s largest consumer electronics (CE) and technology event, the tech industry and fashion worlds collide as designers and companies unveil the latest high-tech fashions and wearable tech for trendsetters and techfluencers alike. An engaging panel discussion on “Red Carpet Wearable Technology” sets the stage for a live runway show emceed by none other than Project Runway’s Chris March, known for his elegant ball gowns, outrageous hats and wigs, and larger-than-life personality. Produced by Living in Digital Times, the events take place on June 24th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, the hub for the three-day series of CE Week exhibits, conferences
and events.

“Geek can be chic,” said Chris March, emcee of the FashionWare runway show at CE Week. “It’s exciting to see technologists and fashion designers working side by side to create beautiful, stylish, yet functional fabrics and wearable tech accessories for all the fashionistas out there.” An acclaimed TV personality and Project Runway breakout star, Chris March is a fashion and costume designer based in New York City.

The FashionWare runway show kicks off with quite the spectacle, sure to produce incredible photographs and video. Hit electro-pop band Sidney York will give a stimulating live performance decked out in Angela Dale original designs, which will be synchronized to their music. Canada-based Dale has been designing and building costumes and props for more than 25 years.

Featured designers with pieces on the catwalk also include:

  • Zoë Klintberg is a graduate from the University of Calgary with a multidisciplinary degree in Communication and Culture. She has used her expertise in collaborative thinking and creative directing to co-found Rocket House Productions Inc., a company that specializes in events, production and storytelling through various, and often disparate, mediums.
  • Som Kong, a recent graduate of the Fashion Design Program at Ryerson University, had one of the top 20 collections of his graduating class. The collection involves colorful manipulated materials and intricate designs that sculpt the body.
  • Valérie Lamontagne is a media artist-designer, theorist, curator, and PhD scholar researching “Performative Wearables: Bodies, Fashion and Technology” at Concordia University where she also teaches. She is the owner and designer at 3lectromode; founder-director of Agence Simultanée (a post-digital design lab); creative lead at Cirque du Soleil’s C:Lab; and also sits on the editorial board of media arts magazine Etc. Média.
  • Kevin Loney is the driving force behind Brain in Jars, a company that aims to help budding makers by supplying creative kits and goodies to nudge them down the fantastical path of making and let their inner maker flourish and grow.
  • Maria Orduz Pinto is an accomplished designer currently working as a senior designer with the world-leading wearable technology organization MakeFashion. In this role, she continues to explore the endless possibilities of infusing technology in the fashion, apparel and manufacturing industries.
  • Robert Tu is the founder of MeU, a company devoted to developing interactive and reactive clothing. Tu’s electrical engineering background fuels his passion for high-tech design.
  • Michael Zoffranieri, currently enrolled in Ryerson’s Fashion Apparel Program, has already launched his own label, ZOFF. His mantra is “Art is Movement.”

Wearable tech accessories and other items include:

  • AdlensFocuss™ by Adlens: Radical innovation wrapped in beautiful frames, AdlensFocuss™ is heralded as the most significant leap in lens technology for over 50 years. Variable Power Optics (VPOTM) allows patients to adjust their vision at the turn of a dial from near to distance, delivering 4x more useable lens area than the best no-line bifocals.
  • Aftershokz are wireless bone conduction headphones designed to allow users to hear it all. Proprietary technologies and an unrivaled completely open ear design are blended to deliver the only wireless bone conduction headphones that make it possible to remain situationally aware without any limitations.
  • HiSmart Bag by Lepow: The first-ever convertible messenger bag to backpack with specially designed HiRemote that syncs with the HiSmart app. The 2-in-1 customized chip inside the strap enables you to pin locations, find your HiSmart or phone, answer calls, listen to music, record your voice, and take selfies in just seconds.
  • Kiroco designer jewelry, the 21st century digital locket, allows you to store safely and wear your personal assets or precious moments. Connect text, photos, video and documents from your phone to your Kiroco jewelry, keeping them safe and secure with bank-level encrypted security. All of your memories are saved to your jewelry and unlocked via your smart phone
  • MiPosaur™ by WowWee: The Future of Prehistoric is here with MiPosaur™. WowWee’s latest robotic creation comes with an interactive trackball utilizing BeaconSense™ indoor GPS tracking technology, which not only controls the creature, but also alters its mood and personality.
  • Ōura: This wellness ring combines sophisticated design and cutting-edge technology with three decades of pioneering research. It measures how your body responds to sleep, rest and activity. Based on physiological and behavioral data, Ōura gives personalized, actionable guidance, helping you achieve balance and perform better in everyday life.
  • Tyia by Viawear: This bracelet line filters mobile notifications to alert you only when it’s important. Designed by an award-winning jewelry designer, Tyia comes in a variety of precious metals with semi-precious gems and interchangeable straps.
  • Activite´by Withings: This new smart watch is a 24/7 health-tracking tool for activity and sleep. It’s waterproof up to 50m, includes a silent vibration alarm to wake-up, and has a battery life of up to 8 months.

Prior to the live runway show, attendees can take part in the expert panel discussion on “Red Carpet Wearable Technology.” Moderated by Judy Lipsett Stanford, founder and editor-in-chief of Gear Diary, the panel will feature the leaders on the cutting edge of the wearable revolution, including:

  • Harry Kalyvas, founder and CEO, clip&talk
  • Rob Stevens, CTO, Adlens
  • Ben Isaacson, founder and CEO Viawear
  • Ariel Garten, co-founder and CEO, InteraXon
  • Amanda Parkes, founder, Manufacture NYC

All FashionWare activities take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City (125 W. 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). The panel discussion starts at 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor. The FashionWare runway show begins at 6:00 p.m. on the main level stage.

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CE Week 2015 Conference Program Features Top Trending Topics and Media Names in Consumer Technology

CE Week announced today a three-day conference program featuring some of the top media names and brands in consumer technology. Known as the CE industry’s top annual mid-year event, CE Week brings together media, analysts and technology thought leaders for product debuts, a comprehensive conference program and networking events all focused on innovation. The CE Week 2015 Conference Program is scheduled June 23-25 in New York City, with the CE Week Exhibits scheduled June 24-25 at the Metropolitan Pavilion/Altman Building.

The CE Week Conference Program will explore the hottest trends and topics including connected car technologies, next-gen audio and TV innovation, 3D printing, wearable technologies, smart home, digital health, robotics, augmented reality, digital money and more.

Moderators and panelists will include tech thought leaders from: ABC News, Digital Trends, NPD, Mashable, Engadget, Yahoo Tech, USA Today, Gear Diary, Project Runway, Laptop Magazine/Tom’s Guide, Fierce Retail, PCMag, ChipChick, CoinAgenda, AVS Forum, TWiT, C3 Report, Edmunds.com and more.

Conference sessions and events taking place at CE Week 2015 include:

CE Week Conference Program (June 24-25 at the Metropolitan Pavilion – 2nd Floor)

  • DEG’s Hi-Res Music Super Session

Scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, and moderated by Marc Finer, Senior Director of The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), this session will examine the opportunities and challenges facing the music industry in its quest for higher quality digital delivery.

  • Smart Home

Scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, this panel, which will be moderated by Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief of Digital Trends, will explore Apple’s Home Kit whether it’s the easy-to-use home automation the market has been waiting for.

  • The Health and Fitness Plan, High Tech Style

Taking place at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 and moderated by Samantha Murphy Kelly, Deputy Tech Editor for Mashable, industry execs will take a look at the latest devices and solutions in health and fitness technology.

  • The March of the Robots

Scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, with moderator Devindra Hardawar, Senior Editor, Engadget, this panel will explore the future of robots as toys and learning tools, and features companies that are leaders in the robotics space.

  • Red Carpet Wearable Technology

Taking place at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 and moderated by Judy Lipsett Stanford, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Gear Diary, this session will feature leaders on the cutting edge of the wearable revolution and examine the hottest wearables.

  • The Rise of the Techfluencer

Scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 25 with moderator Ross Rubin, Principal Analyst, Reticle Research, this unprecedented session allows brands and their customers to “have at it” about what they love, what they hate and how they interact.

  • The Reality of Augmented and Virtual Realities

Scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director, Laptop Magazine/Tom’s Hardware Guide, and his panel of experts look at everything from devices you might actually wear today to concepts like Microsoft’s HoloLens.

  • The Future of Retail

Taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, with moderator Lauren Heller, Executive Editor, Fierce Retail, this session will look at how companies are evolving to bring a whole new re-defined, cross-channel retail experience to their customers.

  • 3D Printing for the Rest of Us

Taking place at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 25 and moderated by Ed Baig, Technology Columnist at USA Today, this session will show what’s possible and who’s working on easy-to-use and affordable 3D printers.

  • The Internet of Things – The Next-Gen Smart Home

Scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 with moderator Timothy Torres, Junior Analyst, PCMag.com, a panel of industry execs will explore the building blocks of a new generation of smart home products including image recognition, robotics, smart sensors, voice input and trackers.

  • Future of Money: The Coin Agenda

Scheduled for 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 and moderated by Michael Terpin, Co-Founder, CoinAgenda, this session will bring together Bitcoin veterans to answer everything you need to know about Bitcoin – What are they?  How do you get them?  Who determines how much they’re worth?  Why should your company be signing to the Bitcoin way of life and what are the obstacles to getting there?

  • NY Tech Survival Guide

Taking place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, Helena Stone, Editor in Chief, Chip Chick and her panel of experts handpick the products you definitely need if you’re going to survive the NY tech scene.

CE Week Partner Conference Sessions

Your Next TV Conference

Scheduled from 8:30 – 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, this expert conference produced in cooperation with TWiT and AVS Forum, will examine the current status of the latest television technologies including compelling display features.
Taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion – 2nd Floor

Women in CE Forum – ‘Find Your Voice, Own Your Career’

Taking place from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, the Forum serves up a full day of sessions, topics, workshops and keynote speakers that relate to career enhancement for all corporate, small business and entrepreneurial women pursuing a career in consumer electronics.
Taking place at the Rubin Museum of Art

Your Next Audio Conference

Taking place from 11:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, this expert conference produced in cooperation with the esteemed Audio Engineering Society (AES), will address advancements in the consumer-audio experience.
Taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion – 2nd Floor

Connected Car Conference (C3)

Scheduled from 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, and produced by the C3 Group, this conference will showcase the trends and technologies that are driving innovation in automotive and transportation, with a special program emphasis on unique, urban issues of traffic, commuting and safety.
Taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion – 2nd Floor

CE Week Exhibitor Press Events

Wednesday, June 24 – Metropolitan Pavilion – 2nd Floor

  • 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. – Adlens New Product Announcement
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Pioneer Press Conference
  • 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Monster Press Conference
  • 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – OwnerIQ Presentation

CE Week Events

B&H Opening Night Party
Scheduled from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, this invitation-only event gives attendees the opportunity to touch the latest products, get tips and expert help, all while being wined and dined.
Taking place at B&H Photo, Video and Pro Audio Store

CE Week Media Breakfast, powered by Showstoppers
Scheduled from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 24, this exclusive media-only breakfast will provide a preview of the CE Week exhibit floor before the show officially opens.
Taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion/Altman Building

Value Electronics Flat Panel TV Shootout
Scheduled for June 24-25, this event allows attendees to evaluate four flagship flat-panel TVs (LG 65EG9600, Panasonic TC-65CX850, Samsung UN78JS9500, and Sony XBR-75X940C) and score various picture-quality attributes for each set. The results will be tabulated to determine the 2015 “King of UHDTV.”
Taking place at the Altman Building – Gallery

10 Under 20 Awards Program
Taking place Wednesday, June 24 at 4:15 p.m., this awards ceremony, presented in cooperation with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), will honor 10 high school and college students under 20 years old who are on the forefront of hardware and software innovation.
Taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion – 2nd Floor

FashionWare Runway Show
Scheduled from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on June 24, the live runway show, sponsored by Living In Digital Times, will be hosted by Project Runway’s Chris March and feature the top brands and designers in wearables and high tech fashion.
Taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion – Networking Lounge

America’s Got Geek
Taking place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, five pre-selected finalists will compete in a live competition by reviewing a product on stage in front of a panel of judges and the CE Week audience. Judges will choose a winner to be name the next great YouTube Product Reviewer.
Taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion – Networking Lounge

CE Week 2015 serves as the technology industry’s mid-year destination, drawing more than 1,000 media, analysts and retailers. The event features more than 150 participating companies including technology startups as well as major global brands including Buick, Epson, HP, House of Marley, Hyundai, iHome, LG Electronics, Onkyo, Pandora, Pioneer, Samsung, Seiki, Sony, Sengled, TiVO, Westinghouse and WowWee.

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Advanced Audio and Video Products Take Center Stage at CE Week 2015

Audio and television are the founding fathers of Consumer Electronics, and they first found their home in NYC, in the era of hi-fi and pioneering live broadcasts. Despite all the new categories that are proliferating in CE these days, the audio/video sensory duo are back at CE Week, the industry’s mid-year meeting, June 23-25 in NYC, making eye (and ear) grabbing announcements and offering next-generation demonstrations.

Produced by Scott Wilkinson (AVS Forum, TWiT) and Geoff Tully in cooperation with DEG, AES, the Grammy’s, Value Electronics, and AIX Records, these three days of panels and presentations by leading names in audio/video product reviewing, development, and retail will provide the most authoritative insights into the state of:

– High Resolution Audio: The Facts, Falsehoods and Future

– High Dynamic Range (HDR): The Next Wave of UHD TV

– Beyond Surround Sound: Creating, Advanced Immersive Sonic Experiences

“CE Week has proven to he an important, mid-year destination for serious discussions about what really matters to consumers when it comes to better visual and sonic experiences,” says Eric Schwartz, the show’s Executive Producer. “Last year, major announcements were made here, and we’re expecting a few surprises in the conferences, demos, and show floor this year as well.”

The Audio/Video Program at CE Week begins on Tuesday, June 23, with two back-to-back morning programs: Your Next TV and Your Next Audio Conferences. These morning sessions will explore:

– Ultra HD: Delivering Smarter Pixels

– Not Just Sizzle; We’ve Got Bacon for Sale

– The Future of Hi-Res Audio

– What’s Beyond Surround?

– How to Produce the Very Best Audio

– How to Buy Your Next AV

The afternoon sessions on June 23 will feature expert demos of new systems, featuring industry thought leader Joe Kane, who will talk about advancements in HDR, and Mark Waldrep will demo and discuss what high-resolution audio really sounds like (and why it matters).

And for the first time ever, the popular Value Electronics Flat-Panel Shootout will be held not in the retailer’s showroom, but at CE Week on June 24 and 25. Each day will include several sessions during which attendees can evaluate four flagship flat-panel TVs (LG 65EG9600, Panasonic TC-65CX850, Samsung UN78JS9500, and Sony XBR-75X940C) and score various picture-quality attributes for each set. The results will be tabulated to determine the 2015 “King of UHDTV.”

Sponsors for the June 23rd Next TV and Next Audio include LG Electronics, Westinghouse Electronics, Auro 3D, dCS, DEG, Astell&Kern, Kimber Kable, dts and Sony. Advanced sights and sounds will also be featured throughout the CE Week Exhibits floor on June 24-25, with major demo rooms being hosted by Auro Technologies, Onkyo and Epson. The Value Electronics Flat-Panel Shootout, HDR tutorials by Joe Kane, and Mark Waldrep’s high-res audio demos will continue to rotate throughout the two exhibition days (check on site for schedules).

Other audio and video products at the show include product introductions from Seiki, Sunfire, Vivitek, HearNotes, iHome, JLab Audio, Monster Products, Altec Lansing, Simple Living Technology, and Jam Audio.

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Third-Annual Connected Car Conference Returns to CE Week on June 23 in NYC

The C3 Group will host its third annual Connected Car Conference (C3) at CE Week, showcasing the trends and technologies that are driving innovation in automotive and transportation, and featuring interactive panel discussions. With a special program emphasis on unique, urban issues of traffic, commuting and safety, The Connected Car Conference will take place on Tuesday, June 23 in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan.

This year’s event includes an opening connected car vehicle and technology demonstration involving Buick, Pioneer and Scion, who will be displaying the latest integration of in-vehicle connectivity options featuring Google Android and other technology platforms. Plus the new Maserati Quattroporte equipped with the QNX connected technology platform will be on display with the latest in rear view and side view camera technology.

Participating companies in the Connected Car Conference program include AAA, Buick, Google, Hyundai Ventures, Ibiquity, INRIX, Intelligent Car Coalition, Jaguar/Land Rover, Leidos, Nuance, NXP, Pandora, Pioneer Electronics, Scion and QNX.

Thought leaders from automotive, technology, policy and research will discuss a variety of topics in interactive panel sessions, including:

  • Using Tech to Protect and Serve Urban Commuters and Improving the Driving Experience in the New York Metropolitan Area
  • Big Data vs. Bad Traffic: Beating Gridlock with Technology
  • Tackling Connected Car Security and Privacy Concerns

**Members of the press can register for free at http://www.ceweekny.com/connected-car-conference-c3/. Media who register for C3 will have access to all CE Week events, including CE Week Exhibits and Conferences, June 24-25.

CE Week Exhibits and Conferences will bring together major brands, innovators and startups to introduce their products to top media, analysts and technology thought leaders. With more than 100 participating companies, CE Week Exhibits and Conferences is the headquarter event and is scheduled for June 24-25 at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building. This event is part of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s weeklong, citywide event which runs June 23-25 in New York City.

C3 EVENT SUMMARY:

WHAT: C3 Group Connected Car Conference in New York City

DATE: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TIME: Invitation-only media lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET; Technology demonstrations by Buick, Google, Pioneer, QNX and Scion at 1:00pm ET; Full Program: 2:00pm – 5:30pm + reception.

LOCATION: The Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan.

CONTACT: Christopher Barker, C3 Group – (480) 737-2907/ chris.barker@cthreegroup.com

CE Week Brings The Best Of Technology And Family Entertainment Under One Roof On June 24

Making it easy for the press to get all their news in one location, CE Week, New York City’s largest consumer electronics (CE) and technology event, offers registered press the rare opportunity to get hands on with the latest technology innovations from a multitude of companies before they hit store shelves.  Also, members of the media with appointments can preview this holiday season’s top tech toys and gifts from Disney, including the much buzzed about Playmation.

Playmation, the next step in the evolution of play from Disney, is a groundbreaking system of connected toys and wearables that inspires kids to run around and use their imaginations. Media with appointments can be one of the first outlets to get a sneak peek, as part of this year’s event at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) on June 24, 2015.

“As technology and lifestyle become more intertwined, we’ve created a bit of a field day for the press,” said Eric Schwartz, CE Week.

CE Week Exhibits, the official CE Week headquarters, will feature hundreds of top brands, innovators and start-ups showcasing the latest technology products, plus a two-day series of free conferences on the most relevant technology trends, including 3D printing, augmented reality, digital money, fashion and wearables, health and fitness, robotics, smart home and more. A complete archive of CE Week show announcements is available at http://www.ceweekny.com/press-releases/.

The Disney Consumer Products Holiday Preview event, which is located at The Level at Metropolitan Pavilion on the 5th floor, can be attended by appointment only.  Those registered for CE Week 2015 who wish to make a half-hour appointment should contact Amelia Lukiman at Amelia.Lukiman@disney.com.

CE Week exhibits, conferences and events are open to credentialed members of the media free of charge.  To register, click here.

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Value Electronics to Host 11th Annual Flat Panel TV Shootout™ at CE Week, June 24-25

Value Electronics, a leading independent audio video retailer in Westchester County, NY, is bringing its respected, annual TV Shootout evaluation event to CE Week in New York City; the 2015 Shootout will take place on the show floor on Wednesday June 24 and Thursday, June 25, 2015. Now in its 11th year, the Value Electronics Shootout will be reaching an even-wider audience of media and influencers to educate the market about critical viewing and help choose this year’s “King of TV.”

The audience will be lead through the different attributes of picture quality and will evaluate and judge the newest TVs from the leading CE manufacturers competing for the crown. The contenders are Panasonic’s TC-65CX850U, LG’s 65EG9600, Samsung’s UN78JS9500 and Sony’s XBR-75X940C.

The televisions featured this year will include both curved and flat 4K Ultra HD LEDs and OLEDs from all top TV manufacturers. All qualified media, tech influencers and members of the retail community are invited to attend the event by registering for CE Week at www.ceweekny.com.

Robert Zohn, founder and president of Value Electronics, commented “We are excited about partnering with CE Week to bring the TV Shootout Evaluation Event to a wider audience and new venue.” The prestigious industry participants and CE Week setting will take this TV Shootout Evaluation to a new level.

The 11th Annual TV Shootout will involve:

  • The displays will be professionally calibrated to ensure they are all delivering their best performance and are all on an even playing field.
  • On Wednesday, June 24th Rob Sabin, Editor-In-Chief of Sound & Vision magazine and soundandvision.com, will be a guest technical presenter, taking participants through the evaluation process and helping to explain today’s newest technologies. Scott Wilkinson will be the technical presenter on Thursday, June 25.
  • Contrast ratio, peak brightness, black level, color accuracy, color saturation, motion resolution, lag input time, and energy efficiency will be measured, compared, and discussed. The audience will vote on each of the four picture quality attributes, with the winning panel crowned “King of TV” for 2015.
  • All tested panels will be concurrently fed through a professional HDMI distribution amp from three reference Blu-ray players, our 4K media server, 4K streaming and USB.
  • A Q&A session will be held at the end of each presentation.

Zohn said, “Our Shootout has proven to be a ‘must attend’ event among true video enthusiasts and industry leaders each year, demonstrating how the premium TVs perform and compete with each other.” With the continuation of Ultra HD and OLED as well as the great advancements of TV technologies, this will be a great year for flat panel displays.

CE Week is open to the trades only; however, CE Week TV Shootout guests can register to get access to the TV Shootout, Mark Waldrep’s Hi Res Surround Sound Demo, and the CE Week exhibits on Thursday, June 25 by emailing rzohn@valueelectronics.com.

Shootout findings will be available for members of the press who contact Value Electronics.

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Pioneer Electronics to Participate in a Big Way at CE Week 2015

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is set to wow the crowds at CE Week 2015 with the coolest in-vehicle tech including the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatible NEX in-dash receivers. CE Week, June 22-26, is New York City’s largest consumer electronics (CE) and technology event. The event brings together top media, industry analysts and technology thought leaders for innovative product debuts, a robust conference program and networking events all focused on innovative trends in the high tech world.

“Pioneer is looking forward to returning to New York and participating in CE Week 2015. It is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with media and other influencers,” said Ted Cardenas, Vice President of Marketing, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “We are proud to be the first manufacturer to provide products that enable both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. At this year’s show, we will demonstrate both smartphone connectivity solutions on our second generation NEX multimedia in-dash receivers.”

Beginning on Tuesday, June 23, attendees of the Connected Car Conference can enjoy a special media lunch and briefing sponsored by Pioneer from noon – 1 p.m. Following lunch, at the Connected Car Conference, Ted Cardenas, Vice President of Marketing for Pioneer Electronics, will be speaking on the panel “Using Tech to Protect and Serve Urban Commuters”. Throughout the afternoon, Pioneer will be conducting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in-vehicle demonstrations on an AVIC-8100NEX unit at the Metropolitan Pavilion from 1 – 3:15 p.m. and 4:45 – 7 p.m.

Pioneer will bring the latest smartphone connectivity for the vehicle to CE Week Exhibits and Conferences, June 24-25. Pioneer is the first manufacturer to offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on its aftermarket in-dash receivers. Both iOS and Android compatible offerings will be demonstrated at Pioneer’s booth (#44) on 2015 NEX receivers installed in two Scion IQs and two soundproof demo booths, built specifically to simulate the in-vehicle environment.

In addition to exhibiting at CE Week Exhibits and Conferences, Pioneer will also hold a press conference and present on the CE Week demo stage on Wednesday, June 24. The Pioneer press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion and will discuss the impact of the smartphone on the revival of the car audio industry. At 3:30 p.m. Pioneer will take to the CE Week demo stage in the Networking Lounge for a 15-minute demo of the smartphone connectivity options of their NEX line of receivers, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.